NINE Portuguese Players Nominated for Golden Boy 2021

The list of the 100 nominees for the 2021 edition of the Golden Boy award has been released by Italian newspaper TuttoSport. The winner is voted for by a panel of sports journalists who work at newspapers across Europe. The newspapers included in the voting are L’Equipe (France), ABOLA (Portugal), Marca (Spain), De Telegraaf (Netherlands),Continue reading “NINE Portuguese Players Nominated for Golden Boy 2021”

Liga 3 Participants Confirmed

The teams that will participate in Liga 3, the new third tier in Portuguese football, are now known! We recently published a piece on Liga 3, giving you everything you need to know about this new division and the wider repercussions it will have on the structure of Portuguese football, you can read this here.Continue reading “Liga 3 Participants Confirmed”

Sporting CP – Primeira Liga Champions 2020/21

Sporting CP are officially champions of Portugal!Rúben Amorim’s side ran out 1-0 victors over Boavista courtesy of a Paulinho goal. It is the club’s first Primeira Liga title since the 2001/02 season, ending a 19 year Liga drought. As things stand, Sporting are on course to complete an invincible season as they remain unbeaten (25Continue reading “Sporting CP – Primeira Liga Champions 2020/21”

Everything You Need to Know About LIGA 3

The Portuguese pyramid system is changing from the 2021/22 season, with the integration of a new division, LIGA 3. Read on for a full explanation of the Liga, how promotion and relegation works and everything else you need to know. LIGA 3, a brand new league which will sandwich itself between the current second (LigaContinue reading “Everything You Need to Know About LIGA 3”

Into The 21st Century – The Numbers Behind The Youth Talent in Liga NOS

The Portuguese top flight has long been a breeding ground for young talents, both for home-grown talent such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Luís Figo to name two, but also for foreign talents. The likes of Éderson, Angel Dí Maria, James Rodriguez and Jan Oblak all played in Portugal before they turned 21. The 2020/21 seasonContinue reading “Into The 21st Century – The Numbers Behind The Youth Talent in Liga NOS”

Four Portuguese Players in GOAL NXGN Top 50 Wonderkids List

Online football website GOAL has devised a list ranking the 50 best wonderkids in world football, entitled NXGN Top 50. The list ranks players born on or after January 1, 2002 from around the world. Interestingly, three of the four players play for Sporting CP, a club who over the last season and a halfContinue reading “Four Portuguese Players in GOAL NXGN Top 50 Wonderkids List”

Portuguese Government Announce Return to Stadium Plans

Portugal Prime Minister António Costa has recently detailed the countries plans for the reopening of society, following the COVID-19 pandemic. Costa stated the scheduled date for the return of football supporters to stadiums is May 3rd and that the capacity of the stadiums will be chosen and authorised by the Direção-Geral de Saúde (DGS). EvenContinue reading “Portuguese Government Announce Return to Stadium Plans”

Futebol Feminino – On The Rise!

Many facets of women’s football in Europe’s most western country are on the rise. In this debut piece for Próxima Jornada, I will analyse various areas of improvement in the women’s game.  Attendances, the new league format and the development of the Seleção Feminino (Portugal’s National Womens Team) are all on the agenda. This rise has, of course, been haltedContinue reading “Futebol Feminino – On The Rise!”

Estoril Praia – On Their Way Up

Seven seasons ago this small club from Estoril, a town 15 miles east of Lisbon, finished in fourth place in Portugal’s top-flight under the tutelage of Marco Silva, making it the clubs highest ever Primeira Liga finish. Just four years later, they finished rock bottom in the Liga and dropped once more to the SegundaContinue reading “Estoril Praia – On Their Way Up”

Ryan Gauld: The Interview

On November 8th, newly-promoted SC Farense secured their first win of the season, a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Vasco Seabra’s Boavista. The talisman for Farense that day and indeed for the last 18 months, Ryan Gauld. A player who was catapulted into the headlines at just 16-years-old and dubbed “mini-Messi” in his native Scotland, theContinue reading “Ryan Gauld: The Interview”

2020 Quinas de Ouro Winners Announced

The 2020 Quinas de Ouro winners were announced today by the FPF (Federação Portuguesa de Futebol). The awards ceremony recognises the work done by Portuguese athletes and coaches during the 2019/20 season and is organised by A Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF), do Sindicato dos Jogadores Profissionais de Futebol (SJPF) and da Associação Nacional deContinue reading “2020 Quinas de Ouro Winners Announced”

Six of the Best in Primeira Liga: The Top Performing U23 Talents So Far

As with any Primeira Liga season, we are seeing young gems come to the fore and impress with their performances. Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada looks at the top six under-23 performers so far this season based on their average WhoScored ranking. Key: Name – Age – Club – Nationality – Position – WhoScored ratingContinue reading “Six of the Best in Primeira Liga: The Top Performing U23 Talents So Far”